Canadian Crop Spotlight: Barley

Canadian Crop Spotlight: Barley

Canadian Crop Spotlight: Barley

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Did you know that barley’s claim to fame has long been its ability to lower cholesterol?

Dr. Nancy Ames, a research scientist with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada at the Richardson Centre for Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals in Winnipeg, and her team have made a new discovery—barley is also good for your gut! 

And all it takes is 3 grams of barley soluble fibre per day, according to Health Canada.


The key takeaways of this discovery are that eating barley beta-glucan regularly may improve your overall metabolic health, current methods of production make it easy for us to get the health benefits of barley already on the market and our genes play a role in how effective the barley beta-glucan will be in reducing cholesterol levels.

Want to learn more? Visit the Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada website.

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